From 5 May 2010 almost everyone who wants to provide immigration advice, including offshore advisers, must be licensed with the Immigration Advisers’ Authority (IAA). They must prove a working knowledge of Immigration law and policy, and the necessary systems in order to offer a professional service to migrants. Lawyers and certain other groups do not have to be licensed. Immigration New Zealand will not deal with Advisers who are not registered.
As an immigration professional, you may already have encountered difficult cases which need extra time and effort. But you want to focus on building and running a profitable business. You and your staff don’t have time to argue fine points of Policy with Immigration on a few “hard cases”. However, as a licensed Immigration Adviser you are expected to provide a complete service to all your clients.
We can work together
Solving the “hard cases” is what we do best. We have invested in the knowledge and resources to get results. See examples of our success in the Courts and before Immigration Tribunals.
Instruct us to help your clients to succeed. You keep your clients and add value to your service by making us part of your team of professionals working for them.
We can usually quote fixed fees for each assignment.
Simon Laurent was one of the first lawyers to represent licensed advisers before the Immigration Advisers Complaints & Disciplinary Tribunal (IACDT). He and other trained solicitors in the Laurent Law team regularly act for advisers who find themselves in trouble. We also accept instructions from insurance companies under advisers’ professional indemnity policies.
Look at our seminar materials to help you understand the complaints process, and think about how you should respond.
If a complaint is blowing up in your face, contact us right at the start. We can then manage the whole process in a thorough consistent manner. This can significantly reduce the damage caused by a complaint. Sometimes we can stop it in its tracks completely.